What's New in Vanta 6.15.22

June 15, 2022

Here at Vanta, we’re starting the summer with a collection of newly shipped features designed to help keep your organization secure and cool under audit. In this month’s roundup we’re excited to cover our latest product offering, Vanta Trust Reports, along with:

  • Enhanced support for scoping by identity provider
  • Manual deactivation of employee accounts
  • Templates for non-technical evidence collection
  • Custom evidence easy add & export
  • AWS DocumentDB and GCP Artifact Registry support

Trust tools

Introducing Vanta Trust Reports

For any company, but especially startups, the need to demonstrate security comes early and often. Starting with prospects at presales and continuing with customers at renewal, proving your organization’s security can be difficult and time consuming. We launched Vanta Trust Reports to make it easy for your business to demonstrate its commitment to security, build trust with prospects, and ultimately, win more business.

With Vanta Trust Reports, you can showcase Vanta’s first-party data in an easy-to-understand dashboard, alongside commonly requested security documents, certifications, and reports. A Vanta Trust Report is your company’s external-facing single source of truth for its security and compliance posture.

Read our announcement on Vanta Trust Reports.

Create your Trust Report.

Easier management 

Scoping by Identify Provider: OneLogin, Office, Okta, and Google

For larger companies with hundreds of employees or several sub-organizations, defining who falls within the scope of an audit can be complex. Groups within the same company can hold vastly different levels of access to critical business systems. In some cases, access can be so compartmentalized that it doesn’t make sense to include certain employees or groups within scope of an audit. 

Managing this level of scope complexity within Vanta can be tedious when done on a person-by-person basis. That’s why we’ve expanded our scoping by identify provider (IdP) to include OneLogin and Office, in addition to existing support for Google Workspace and Okta. Scoping by IdP makes it easy to define which employees or user groups should be monitored by Vanta and which should be regarded as out of scope. 

Learn more about controlling scope using Office, OneLogin, Okta, or Google.

Manual deactivation of employee accounts

It’s common for an organization to maintain employee accounts, such as an identity provider, beyond offboarding to retain access to institutional knowledge or important linked services. For example, a former employee’s email account may still be used to access cloud storage or a project management tool in the interim of complete account migration. Situations like these make sense in practice, but can cause friction when offboarding an employee in Vanta.

That’s why we’ve introduced a new feature that allows Vanta admins to manually mark any account associated with an offboarded employee as deactivated. This feature helps admins continue through the steps of employee offboarding without becoming blocked by a service that is knowingly still active. There’s also a useful ‘reset offboarding button in case an account has been marked as deactivated by mistake.

Find this new feature within the Offboarding menu on the People page.

Faster path to audit

Templates for non-technical evidence

Vanta automates up to 90% of the evidence collection work needed to prove compliance for leading security certifications using automated technical tests. But there are other requirements, such as establishing an anonymous whistleblower channel or maintaining incident reports, that cannot be automated with technical integrations.

We recognize that it can be difficult for a non-compliance expert to know how to best document evidence for manual tests. We also heard from customers that a simple example or template of how others have approached non-technical tests goes a long way in providing guidance. We listened to your feedback and now include helpful templates for nearly all non-technical tests.

These non-technical evidence templates can be found linked within their test description on the Documents tab, and we’ll continue to introduce new templates in the coming weeks. 

Visit the Documents tab to get started with manual evidence templates. 

Custom evidence easy add & export

Vanta’s default collection of tests will get many customers past the finish line for an audit, but there are times when additional documentation may be requested by an auditor to validate that controls are being properly met. For example, an auditor may wish to see a screenshot of your company’s MDM configuration settings in addition to Vanta’s automated evidence to support that a MDM is being used.

To make working with custom evidence in Vanta even easier, auditors can now request additional evidence directly from the Documents tab. This new feature enables auditors to quickly request evidence without spending time navigating between test sub-menus. Custom evidence is still tied to specific standards and controls, and is located under the custom evidence category upon creation. 

Additionally, custom evidence can now be easily exported with the click of a button. We recognize that you or your auditor may need access to all of your custom evidence as a single download, and we’ve it easy to export this data directly from the Documents tab.

Greater configurability

AWS DocumentDB support

Vanta now supports AWS DocumentDB as a new resource for NoSQL Databases. We’re rolling out new tests that check your AWS DocumentDB instance for encryption at rest, enabled backups, and additional tests pulled in from AWS Cloud Watch and Datadog for CPU usage monitoring and read/write capacity.

View your AWS DocumentDB instance by visiting the Inventory page.

GCP Artifact Registry for vulnerability scanning

In response to Google’s deprecation of its Container Registry service, Vanta now supports GCP Artifact Registry for vulnerability scanning. The new GCP Artifact Registry integration works identically to the Container Registry integration and can be enabled with guidance from this help article.

Tell us what you think

As always, we welcome your feedback on these changes! Please let us know what you think by reaching out to your Customer Success Manager. Let’s keep in touch on LinkedIn.

“Vanta's expert team helped analyze our compliance requirements and shared what was needed to complete a SAQ-D. Because of this, we accelerated our timelines, saved hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in costs.”

Klas Hesselman
Co-founder  |  Flow Networks
Vanta automates security compliance.
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